On Commercial and Mixed Use Zones
With the new mixed-use zone coming into play in our city, I believe we need to remember that not only is it residential, but also commercial and I have seen the rules change from the time it was implemented to now where the developers are not required to put in as much commercial as was originally required. I feel our city needs more commercial not less. When other cities were allowed to annex properties from Millcreek, they took as much commercial as they could get away with. We need to come back strong and require that these commercial properties that are being rezoned to mixed-use, use as much of the ground floor as possible for commercial.
Environmental Sustainability & Economic Development
-In the City Center and in Meadowbrook there are up to 7 story apartment buildings being developed Our city center is across the street from Brickyard Plaza which is in SLC and has the commercial while we have the residential. It is imperative we increase our commercial. We need jobs for these people that are moving into our city
-These apartments will bring thousands of more cars, traffic, and pollution.
-Developers should be held to higher standards and be required to use solar panels, ample green space, and other energy-efficient building designs and should include Emergency Preparedness storage
-Meadowbrook is a grocery store desert. A developer as part of their mixed-use zone should be required to put in a grocery store where people can get healthy food and groceries.
-Whole ecosystems with beautiful mature trees and running streams are being destroyed due to development.
On Emergency Preparedness
We need to create an ordinance requiring new development to put in space for emergency preparedness supplies. This has been discussed in community council meetings but has not been implemented.
Although District 2 has major fault lines running through it, we are totally unprepared to handle a major earthquake. We don’t have any emergency cache pods in place in our district which leaves our residents completely vulnerable.
Millcreek might have won awards for transparency, but I believe we can do a lot better as far as letting the residents know about what is going on with development and changes in the community.
-COMMERCIAL/BUSINESSES ALL NEW DEVELOPMENT REQUIRES
-ENERGY EFFICIENCY/RENEWABLE ENERGY/ECO-FRIENDLY
-BULLYING FROM LARGE DEVELOPMENT/GOVERNMENT
-SECONDARY WATER & ITS INFRASTRUCTURE
Millcreek Community Council – 2017- Present
Envision Committee 2017-2018
Emergency Preparedness Committee 2017-2018
Represented MCC at Planning Commision
Regularly attended City Council Meetings until 2018
Attended online during Covid outbreak until Present
Questions and Answers
Q: I am a member of the Big Cottonwood Lower Canal Company (secondary/irrigation) water. I wanted to get your position on an issue. There is a stormwater fee associated with living in Millcreek. It is part of our power bill. Some of the Millcreek storm water currently runs through the infrastructure owned by Big Cottonwood Lower Canal Company. The infrastructure is getting older and because the city of Millcreek uses our system to move stormwater I was wondering if you would support using some of the storm water fee money to help maintain our system since Millcreek also uses it move the storm water? It seems it would be in the best interest of Millcreek, SLC county, and the state of Utah to upgrade the current system rather than build a whole new storm system to avoid using the canals owned by the BLCC and other canal companies. Please let me know your thoughts before election day.
I was raised in Millcreek and have spent most of my life here. I am the mother of six beautiful children that I raised here and one stepson. I believe that our city is an excellent place to raise my children as it was mostly a family environment.
I have spent years volunteering in different avenues, most recently on the Millcreek community council and working on emergency preparedness, but I’m most proud of my work at Millcreek Elementary creating a drama club. I would love to see Millcreek stay family-oriented and Connected By Nature!
Why I am Running
I absolutely love Millcreek, its beautiful scenery, and beautiful properties. I was so excited when we became a city knowing that the money we pay in taxes would be used for our city, that the roads maintenance would be taken care of, and that the other things our city needed for improvements would be as well. I got involved in every aspect of improving our city and joined committees that said what we would like our city to be. As I was on the community council, I represented them at the Planning Commission meetings, and all the City meetings, and the Envision Committee.
In 2018 our rental property started flooding due to development in the city center area and them changing the direction of the ditch for irrigation water. We desperately tried to get any help from the city to no avail. At the same time, the city implemented a blite study in the new city center area. Business owners and residence feared for their properties. We watched as the Planning Commission, who had originally cut the height of new buildings to a maximum of 40 feet on the new development in the city center, and then change it up to 75 feet at the request of the Planning Department, City Government and Developers. It was obvious that anybody West of Highland Drive was just not as important as those to the East. We now get to see our mountains disappear for a wall of 75-foot apartment buildings and possible digital billboards. With thousands of people that will be moving into the city center area, we will see our road traffic increase tremendously, with no parking, more pollution, and beautiful scenery destroyed. What was a commercial area is now a mixed-use area with only 50% of the front end of these buildings being used for commercial. All of the input from the Committees that we had at the beginning of our city are being ignored, and although people said that they wanted mature trees and nature rather than be another Sugarhouse or downtown, their voices didn’t really matter.
Across the street from our new city center is Brickyard Plaza. There is plenty of commercial there and it’s a place that many of the Millcreek residents have shopped at for several decades. However, it is in Salt Lake City, not Millcreek. So much of the money from commercial will be going to Salt Lake City’s Revenue. Yes, maybe our residents are going to enjoy the ice skating rink and the water fixtures, but unless there is more commercial than what is anticipated now, then there will be much money lost to an expensive endeavor. There are many residents from all districts that are not happy about what is happening in this area.
Why I chose to run for district 2. I do not feel we have been represented correctly in our district and we need somebody that will stand up for our rights. There are many people from all districts that showed up to the different meetings like The Envision committee, which I was a part of, to offer their input as to what they wanted their new city to be like. There was a great expense that went into this. Much of it was not implemented, and if it was, codes were changed after the fact to accommodate the big Developers.
I am really proud of the Planning Commission for saying no, they won’t recommend changes to the codes and General plan for the billboards without answers to their questions. Still, the city council is able to make a decision without their recommendation. I hope the public outcry will be an eye-opener for the current Administration, and I hope people will not elect another ‘Yes Man’ to the council.
I am running because I think District 2 needs better representation. I am running because I do not want to see our area turned into a wall of 75-foot apartment buildings blocking mountains and nature. I am running because I think we need to increase our commercial not turn it into something that doesn’t produce revenue for the city. I am running because I believe the residents of Millcreek need to be represented.
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